Sailors adapt to contrasting Easter waters

Easter sailing in Eastbourne
Easter sailing in Eastbourne

Two very different days sailing over the Easter weekend, Sunday saw heavy rain and strong winds with only a few braver sailors taking on the tricky conditions and rough waves for another round of races for the Spring Class series.

Peter Dives in his contender suffered broken gear and retired. The RS800 of Ben Daigneault and James Powell Cullingford survived and completed the only race of the day.

Monday was a very different day with the morning race postponed due to the lack of wind, eventually the wind direction changed as the sun came out and three races were held over two race courses for the Eater Egg Trophies.

In the conventional fleet six Lasers and an RS600 competed with the RS600 winning the morning race on handicap from Peter Dives who was sailing a borrowed Laser.

It was close racing in the laser fleet as Peter just piped Marilyn Dewar, also in a Laser.

The two races held in the afternoon were eventful with Peter Dives breaking the borrowed Laser and Nick Hart taking the win from Hugo who has joined the club recently while here at language school.

The last race of the day in the conventional fleet was won by Hugo who takes the trophy, although tied with Nick Hart on points the last race win takes it.

In the Asymmetric fleet two Spitfire catamarans, a shadow catamaran and three RS800’s race all three races, variable conditions throughout the day made for tricky racing.

Mick Whitmore and Sarah Smith in their RS800 got back to winning ways by taking all three races, second overall was Gary Smith and Holly Batchelor sailing a Spitfire.